Bipartisan Team to Run OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to Support Project Home Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2015/Coles Marketing) – Politicians run against each other at election time, but a bipartisan trio has found a reason to run together this May.
Indianapolis City/County Council Vice President John Barth, Councillor Jeff Miller and State Rep. Christina Hale will be running the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to support local nonprofit Project Home Indy.
Project Home Indy is a nonprofit dedicated to serving homeless teen moms and their babies. Barth, Miller and Hale are asking supporters to donate $20 to sponsor their mini-run on Saturday, May 2.
Barth, a Project Home Indy board member, said, “I’m proud to support the 500 Festival and Project Home Indy, two important nonprofit organizations in Indianapolis. Project Home Indy serves a critical function in our city, helping at-risk young women get on the right track to self-sufficiency.”
The three politicans hope to raise $5,000 for Project Home Indy. Donations can be made at the Project Home Indy website: projecthomeindy.org.
“We appreciate Councillor Barth, Councillor Miller and Representative Hale’s support of our young families,” said Project Home Indy Executive Director Lakshmi Hasanadka. “They are working together to raise awareness about our mission to break the devastating cycles of poverty, abuse and neglect that plague the young families we serve.”
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to use my love of running the Mini-Marathon as a way to bring attention to Project Home Indy and the work they do in Indianapolis,” said Miller, who represents a southside district.
The three officials will visit Project Home Indy’s home on April 18 to take a tour and learn more about the program offered.
Now in its 39th year, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is the nation’s largest half-marathon. As the 500 Festival’s largest fundraiser and a vital part of the city’s civic fabric, proceeds from the race help fund the 500 Festival’s free program and events. The 13.1-mile course stretches from downtown Indianapolis to the famed 2.5 mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and ends downtown in Military Park.
Project Home Indy provides a nurturing residential environment to empower homeless teenage girls who are pregnant or parenting to gain self-sufficiency.